David Zaharakis

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David Zaharakis
Personal information
Full name David Zaharakis
Date of birth (1990-02-21) 21 February 1990 (age 25)
Original team(s) Northern Knights (TAC Cup)
Draft No. 23, 2008 National Draft
Height/Weight 182 cm / 79 kg
Position(s) Midfielder / Forward
Club information
Current club Essendon
Number 11
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2009– Essendon 121 (94)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of Round 18, 2015 season.
Career highlights

David Zaharakis (born 21 February 1990) is a professional Australian rules footballer, currently playing for the Essendon Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL), who is of Greek heritage.

Early life[edit]

Zaharakis attended Our Lady Help of Christians, finishing Year 12 in 2008 at Marcellin College, where he also won the Terrence Cleary Memorial Sporting Award for sportsmanship and sporting excellence.[1] He played for the Northern Knights in the TAC Cup and junior football for Eltham Panthers in the Northern Football League. He was named in the under-18 All-Australian team, playing for Vic Metro.

AFL career[edit]

Zaharakis was drafted by Essendon with pick 23 in the 2008 National Draft, whom he supported growing up.[2] He was awarded the number 11 guernsey, which was previously worn by Damien Peverill. He made his debut against Fremantle in round 2, 2009, and earned the Rising Star nomination on debut.[3] In round 5, against Collingwood, he kicked the match winning goal during the final seconds of the Anzac Day match to help the bombers win by five points.[4]

During 2011, he was able to make the most of his opportunity in the midfield, with the ability to move forward and kick over 30 goals for the season, resulting in winning the W.S. Crichton Medal.[5]

In round 5, 2013, he won the Anzac Day Medal where he recorded 34-disposals and kicked four goals.[6] It was revealed by his manager during 2013 that he did not take any part in Essendon's 2012 controversial sport science program that has since put the club under scrutiny by the AFL and ASADA (Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority).[7]

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to the end of round 18, 2015. [8]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2009
Essendon 11 10 7 8 87 50 137 47 25 0.7 0.8 8.7 5.0 13.7 4.7 2.5
2010
Essendon 11 20 19 18 178 141 319 93 52 1.0 0.9 8.9 7.0 16.0 4.6 2.6
2011
Essendon 11 23 31 17 277 195 472 103 88 1.4 0.7 12.0 8.5 20.5 4.5 3.8
2012
Essendon 11 13 7 8 171 119 290 43 42 0.5 0.6 13.2 9.2 22.3 3.3 3.2
2013
Essendon 11 21 9 17 266 210 476 73 62 0.4 0.8 12.7 10.0 22.7 3.5 3.0
2014
Essendon 11 23 14 14 332 228 560 108 85 0.6 0.6 14.4 9.9 24.4 4.7 3.7
2015
Essendon 11 11 7 2 91 102 193 34 44 0.6 0.2 8.3 9.3 17.6 3.1 4.0
Career 121 94 84 1402 1045 2447 501 398 0.8 0.7 11.6 8.6 20.2 4.1 3.3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Merry, Mark (13 November 2008). "Year 12 Valedictory Awards". Marcellin College. Retrieved 13 December 2008. 
  2. ^ "Malthouse fumes: we let Anzacs down". www.abc.net.au. 26 April 2009. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  3. ^ Cook, Jessica (7 April 2009). "Zaharakis wins Round 2 Rising Star nomination". essendonfc.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Connolly, Rohan (26 April 2009). "Bombers come from the clouds". The Age. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  5. ^ Williams, Rebecca (8 October 2011). "Crichton Medal to David Zaharakis". Herald Sun (News Corp Australia). Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  6. ^ Rolfe, Peter (25 April 2013). "Essendon, led by Anzac Day medallist David Zaharakis, crushes Collingwood at the MCG". Herald Sun. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  7. ^ Macgugan, Mark (31 July 2013). "Fear of needles: Zaharakis wasn't injected". AFL.com.au (Bigpond). Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  8. ^ David Zaharakis's player profile at AFL Tables

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jobe Watson
Essendon Best and Fairest Winner
2011
Succeeded by
Jobe Watson